Thursday 23 October 2014

McGeady: Celtic paying the price for penny-pinching

Published 03/09/2014 | 15:18

Aiden McGeady enjoys a relaxed relationship with his former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Aiden McGeady enjoys a relaxed relationship with his former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Frustrated Celtic fan Aiden McGeady says that his former club paid the price for not spending on players by missing out on a lucrative Champions League place.

McGeady was surprised by the appointment of relatively unknown manager Ronny Deila but, like most Hoops fans, feels that personnel issues and parsimonious behaviour from the club’s hierarchy were the root cause of their failure against Maribor.

“It’s big blow for the club and obviously the people who hold the purse strings at the club but I suppose you get what you pay for in the end if you decide to downsize, cut costs, and don’t pay three, four of five million pounds for players anymore,” said McGeady, “

“Then you can’t really expect to get into the Champions League but that’s just the way it is at the minute I think.”

McGeady, a lifelong Celtic fan who left Scotland for Spartak Moscow in 2010, admitted that he was taken aback by the arrival of Deila to replace Neil Lennon.

“I don’t know the new manager. I’ll be honest, I never heard of him before he came in. I was expecting they would put someone in there who is a bit more well known, someone with a big more pedigree.

“They started off okay I suppose but things just aren’t going right at the minute. Obviously it’s a combination of everything because you’ve got fans venting frustration at the board for not spending money and then it seemed that every player who was coming in was a loan signing.

“I still watch all the games I can and obviously want the team to do well. It’s disappointing to see the team doing poorly but I still think they’ll win the league easily enough.”

Celtic did make a belated move into the market on transfer deadline day to spend in the region of £2.3 million on Serbian striker Stefan Scepovic.

The Glasgow club are waiting to find out if a loan approach for Manchester City attacker John Guidetti has been successful.

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